Instead of T Score, Achievement Levels (AL) from 1 to 8 will be the new scoring system. To start, this new grading system is easier to understand. It is closer to grading system of examination systems starting from “O” Level to tertiary education.
So long as we are in a competitive merit-based environment, one cannot get away from comparisons amongst peers. Choices have to be made every step of the way. Choices to be made include taking up tuitions for weaker subjects or no tuition at all, choices of secondary schools to apply for, choices of more free time instead of tuitions.
Because schools are not the same and reputations differ from one to the other, competition to get into the school of choice can cause heartaches. Whether it is T Score or new AL system, it boils down to using these as means to get into a secondary school. Same for Joint Admission Exercise (JAE) to JCs, Polytechnics, ITE using GCE “O” Level results.
As parents, perhaps we can take a step back and place our focus on the child. What does the child want? We do not want to force our children to be someone they are not suited or capable of. If academic is not his strength, look at other attributes and interests that define him. It is going to be long journey of life. PSLE is just one small part of it. If tuition is going to sap his energy, then perhaps there need not be tuitions. If RI is beyond reach, let this go and choose another school that meets his level of competence. We can achieve small success along the path of life. It need not be impactful success at all costs, sometimes to the detriment of the young person. Let them achieve their own dreams and not ours. They are the ones to live through it. As parents, we can only lend support to our children, have a listening ear and be kind to them.